Saturday, September 14, 2013

Phone Calls from the Dead & the Hemisphere Project

From Scott Shane and Colin Moynihan's 9-1-13 New York Times article entitled "Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.'s":

"For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of phone call logs.

"The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an extremely close association between the government and the telecommunications giant. 

"The government pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987. 

"The project comes to light at a time of vigorous public debate over the proper limits on government surveillance and on the relationship between government agencies and communications companies. It offers the most significant look to date at the use of such large-scale data for law enforcement, rather than for national security. 

"The scale and longevity of the data storage appears to be unmatched by other government programs, including the N.S.A.’s gathering of phone call logs under the Patriot Act. The N.S.A. stores the data for nearly all calls in the United States, including phone numbers and time and duration of calls, for five years."

To read the entire article, click HERE.

Now if only the Clever Boys behind the Hemisphere Project's universal phone surveillance could use their enormous backlog of data (and seemingly bottomless black budget resources) to explain the phone-weirdness phenomena detailed in this classic book of paranormal cryptoscatology, I'd give 'em all a pat on the back....


PHONE CALLS FROM THE DEAD by D. Scott Rogo and Raymond Bayless:
Used copies of this wonderful book, out of print for years now, go for ridiculous amounts of money these days, so I recommend haunting used bookstores or your local library until you dig one up.  It's essential reading.  The implications of the Hemisphere Project are mundane compared to having your private phone calls surveilled by a pissed-off dead relative.  Rest assured, my fellow Americans, you needn't be on the terrorist watch list to have your phone calls screwed with by a "spook"....

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